Beltran is batting fifth and serving as the designated hitter Saturday, after missing three games due to a setback with the elbow.
Santiago allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Santiago gave up his first run against the first batter he faced. Coco Crisp hit a leadoff home run out to left center off Santiago in the first inning. He was able to get through the next three innings unscathed, but ran into trouble again in the fifth. On a fielder’s choice, a run wound up coming around on a throwing error by shortstop Erick Aybar. Santiago was able to get out of the inning, but was replaced to start the sixth. Santiago threw 98 pitches.
With the loss, Santiago dropped to 3-8. He’ll take on the Marlins in his next start.
Over his last three starts covering 20 2/3 innings, Gray has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 3.00 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 26 starts (171 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at Houston.
Kelly was removed for precautionary reasons. He expects to make his next start. Kelly felt the issue in the fifth inning.
Pagan was replaced in the bottom of the ninth inning due to the injury. He went 2 for 5, with one run scored prior to being lifted. Pagan missed time recently due to a back injury.
Fister pitched Friday night with stitches on his neck. After the game, he told reporters he had skin cancer removed. Fister stressed that he was OK. Fister said the procedure had no impact on the way he pitched Friday. It doesn't seem like Fister expects the issue to keep him from pitching at this time.
The club will wait until Saturday to make a corresponding move. Surkamp posted a 6.91 ERA over 14 1/3 innings in the majors.
Barmes is attempting to come back from a groin injury. He's been on a rehab assignment for a few days, and is nearing a return. Manager Clint Hurdle expressed some optimism that Barmes could be back as soon as Monday. Barmes is hitting .239 over 88 at-bats.